“This Congress is unlike other Philosophy Congresses I’ve been to. It’s so refreshing to see this kind of Philosophy Congress.”

Those were the exact words of Rev. Fr. Luis David, SJ, PhD, an eminent Filipino philosopher, in describing Philosophy, Culture, and Communication (PCC) Congress held last November 10-11 at Saint Paul Seminary (SPS), Silang, Cavite with the theme: “Manawari: The Significance of Communication in the Formation of Filipino Philosophy and Culture.”   It was the world’s first of its kind for fusing three distinct disciplines – Philosophy,  Communication, and Culture – as its areas of study.  It was, according to Rev. Fr. Norman Melchor R. Peña, SSP, Ph.D., Convenor, “an upgrade to the Philosophy-Communication Festival which Saint Paul Seminary used to hold annually”.

A notable addition to the Congress is the inclusion of concurrent paper presentations, a result of the call for papers issued by PCC Congress Core Committee last July. Of those who submitted, a total of 21 researchers, academicians, and scholars were accepted for presentation after the stringent selection process. The papers will be published in a special edition of Aletheia, the official research journal of Saint Paul Seminary.  According to Sem. Eugene Isaac Leaño, Chief of Staff of the Congress the presentations, “were an avenue where people can hear the latest researches on Philosophy, Culture, and Communication, from both widely known and as yet lesser known scholars in our country”.

The main feature of the Congress were the series of talks from recognized and respected experts in their respective disciplines: Dr. Foerillo Demeterio III (Pagtatala ng Sampung Pinakabatikang Pilosopong Pilipino: Isang Gabay para sa mga Guro ng Pilosopiyang Pilipino), Dr. Emmylou Yanga (Communicating Filipino Culture in the Higher Education), Dr. Romualdo Abulad, SVD (Filipino Postmodernism: Quo Vadis?), Dr. Maxwell Felicilda (Habermas’ Notion of the Public Sphere: Exploring the Grounds for a Genuine Soio-Political Transformation in the Philippines), Rev. Dr. Luis David, SJ (Communication of Faith through the Formation of Philosophy and Culture), and Ms. Ilsa Reyes (Fake News and Traditional Media).

There were also parallel workshops given by Cl. Edward Dantis, SSP (Playback Theatre), Cl. Keiv Dimatatac, SSP (Faith Images and Gospel Videography), and Sem. Donn Pedro (Proclaiming the Voice).

Overall, the attendees expressed satisfaction with each receiving certificates for participating.